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Entries from January 2009
January 1st, 2009 · 10 Comments · No Particular Category
January 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Health & Fitness
Columbia University Medical Center, out with a study published in the December issue of Annals of Neurology, and reported in The New York Times: Spikes in blood sugar can take a toll on memory by affecting the dentate gyrus, an area of the brain within the hippocampus that helps form memories, a new study reports. Researchers said the effects can be seen even when levels of blood sugar, or glucose, are only moderately elevated, a finding that may help explain normal age-related cognitive decline, since glucose regulation worsens with age. [...] In the study, researchers used high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging to map brain regions in 240 elderly subjects. They found a correlation between elevated blood glucose levels and reduced cerebral blood volume, or blood flow, in the dentate gyrus, an indication of reduced metabolic activity and function in that region of the brain. What can you do, according to the “experts?” Since glucose regulation is improved with physical activity, Dr. Small said, “We have a behavioral recommendation — physical exercise.” The typical blind spot, when it’s well known that the best way to avoid spikes in blood sugar is to eat a natural, real foods diet of meat, natural…
January 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Health & Fitness
Menatetrenone, a vitamin K2 analog, ameliorates cytopenia in patients with refractory anemia of myelodysplastic syndrome. Abstract: Vitamin K2 induces differentiation of leukemic cell lines and apoptosis of immature blasts in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). We recently reported a case of MDS-refractory anemia (MDS-RA) with trilineage hematologic response to oral administration of menatetrenone, a vitamin K2 analogue. To determine a possible role of this agent in treatment of MDS-RA, we conducted a prospective randomized trial assessing the safety and efficacy of menatetrenone. A total of 18 consecutive patients newly diagnosed with MDS-RA were randomized to receive either 45 mg of oral menatetrenone (group 1) or no menatetrenone (group 2). Administration of menatetrenone was well tolerated. Of the nine patients in group 1 (56%), five improved with menatetrenone treatment while only one (11%) of the group 2 patients improved. Three patients (33%) showed a major response in absolute neutrophil count (ANC), two (22%) showed a major response in hemoglobin concentration, and two of the nine (22%) showed a major response in platelet count. The ANC of group 1 patients rose after treatment, while that of group 2 patients decreased slightly at follow-up after 16 weeks (p=0.03). Significant improvement was also seen in final…
January 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off · Health & Fitness
That’s the funniest thing Stephan said here. He quotes at some length from a history of vegetable oils, and both are certainly worth a read. The quote from Stephan, however, relates to the quoted bit about how vegetable oils are manufactured. Typically, a mixture of refined oil and finely powdered nickel catalyst (comprising 0.05-0.1% of the weight of the oil) is pumped into a cylindrical pressure reactor of 5-20 tons capacity. It is heated by heating coils to 120-188°C (248-370°F) at 1-6 atmospheres pressure. Hydrogen is pumped into the bottom of the reactor and dispersed by a stirrer, continuously, as bubbles into the oil… After hydrogenation is completed to the desired degree, the oil is filtered to remove the catalyst (which may be reused) then pumped to a storage tank; it may later be blended with other harder or softer fats or oils to make margarine or shortening. Yep. A regular chop licking affair. Virtually every household has this frankenfood-crap in the cupboard and as Stephan alludes, they might not if they had any idea.
January 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off · No Particular Category
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January 3rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · Politics & Culture
Here’s an interesting article in ScienceMode about how humans are still evolving, more rapidly than ever, and with increasing differences tied to the separateness of continents. Humans Evolving Faster, Different 2000 Years Later, Scientists Say Think about it, particularly in light of recent reports that seem to add confidence to the theory that modern humans are the result of migration “Out of Aftrica” 50,000 years ago (replacing Neanderthal in Europe and Homo Erectus in Asia), rather than Multiregional evolution resulting from Homo Erectus migration from Africa 1-2 million years ago with evolution into Homo Sapiens occurring independently (more here). Back to the original article cited, with some excerpts. The study looked for genetic evidence of natural selection – the evolution of favorable gene mutations – during the past 80,000 years by analyzing DNA from 270 individuals in the International HapMap Project, an effort to identify variations in human genes that cause disease and can serve as targets for new medicines. The new study looked specifically at genetic variations called “single nucleotide polymorphisms,” or SNPs (pronounced “snips”) which are single-point mutations in chromosomes that are spreading through a significant proportion of the population. [...] Over time, chromosomes randomly break and recombine…
January 4th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Motivation & Lifestyle
As a bit of a diversion, I’ve been thinking about a post each week featuring something other than health – fitness. Lot’s of bloggers out there do Sunday doggie blogging; I could too, but how about kick-ass, deep dish rock & roll? Trust me. You’re not likely to get a lot of stuff you’ve heard on the radio. Why? The radio is designed to sell advertising. Albums are created to find popular appeal on radio; and so, modern music is largely what it is in order to make it rather ubiquitous and always on your mind, paid for by big corporations who want a bit of your attention. Decent tradeoff. No complaints. But does that render the best music? Unlikely. Here’s what always makes me interested in an album: A 10-20 minute track. Unplayable on radio, except maybe on the hardest-core album rock stations; and then, only between 2-4 am. Where else will you find that? Classical music, that’s where. That’s why classical music stations are either public, or exist with teeny tiny market shares. OK. Here we go for tonight. Because of the so-many emails I got from my Rush post the other day, here’s an encore. Because the…